1930 Census Project

Well here it is almost a year later and I finally finished my project of searching for all my families in the 1930 U.S. census. Yes, it took me a year to accomplish this. It took a lot of time, but turned out to be a very useful exercise. I was able to add unknown children and spouses to my databases and to fill in some missing dates and places. I was surprised at how many people I was not able to easily find. Of course, some of those people are missing death dates, so it is possible that they died before 1930. Some names were very common and without more information I couldn’t identify them in the search returns. It’s also possible that others may be there but I wasn’t able to find them because of the way their names were spelled by the census taker or the indexers. Another problem was women’s names – without a married name it’s hard to identify a woman in the census records. The same holds true with women’s maiden names – if a couple was married after 1930 and you don’t know her maiden name it’s hard to find her in her parents’ household.

It was a fun and very educational project. I’ve already begun searching the 1920 U.S. census. We’ll see if that will take another year.


OK, it’s really Thursday – but it is a new month. During the month of April I continued working on the 1930 census project I set for myself. I worked on it quite consistently, but it is still inching along. Everytime I find someone in the census I update the whole family; so if I have an hour to work on the project I usually only get 2 or 3 families done. I will continue with this goal for May.

My work on adding documentation to my family history book has again been very sporadic. I’ll be more specific and say that I will work on it for 15 minutes each day – I should be able to do that.

I’ve been working on those unidentified women (no maiden name) in my database. I’m currently trying to verify the maiden name of Ann (Garvey?) Dolan of Green Co., Wisconsin. I will discuss this at more length in my Curry Genealogical Services blog.

It worked well last month to have a couple of goals to help keep me focused. I didn’t accomplish as much as I had hoped since I started late in the month and then we were gone for a week.

As I was working on my 1930 census goal I was surprised at the number of people I had not found in the 1930 census – even on lines I have done a lot of research on. For my other goal of daily working on the family history I want to write I decided to focus on adding source citations for now. Unfortunately, I’ve been more sporadic and have not spent time every day working on it.

For April I want to continue working on these two goals. In addition I started researching some of the unidentified women in my database and I will add this to my list of goals: Try to identify the unidentified women from the 1800s and 1900s in my database.

I have two main goals for March:

  • Using the new Legacy census tool, I want to work through my database and find everyone who appears in the 1930 U.S. census and record that information. Can I get that done this month? I don’t know.
  • Spend time everyday working on the family history book I’m writing about the ancestors of my grandmother, Charlotte M. Barnett.

Ida Leah Barnett

Ida Leah Barnett, daughter of George Franklin Barnett and Florence Arzella Crouch, was born 28 Mar 1875 in Parker County, Texas, died 30 Jul 1954, at age 79, in Weatherford, Parker, Texas and was buried in Oakland Cemetery in Weatherford. Ida married 31 Mar 1898 in Parker County, Dr. William Murphy Campbell. They were the parents of one daughter: Ilona Adelia Campbell.

Research in online sources to date:

Census search – Ida and her husband William M. Campbell were found in the 1900, 1910, 1920, & 1930 U.S. census records. The consistently lived in Parker Co., Texas and William’s occupation was as physician. Ida would have been about 5 years old in the 1880 U.S. census, but her family was not found in that census.

Marriage record – The Texas Marriages, 1837-1973 at FamilySearch has an entry for the marriage of W.M. Campbell and Iva Leigh Barnett who were married 31 Mar 1898 in Parker Co., Texas.

Death –  Texas death certificates were found for both Ida (Barnett) Campbell and for William M. Campbell at the FamilySearch website.

Cemetery – Memorials for Ida Leah (Barnett) Campbell and William Murphy Campbell were found at the Find a Grave website.

This week I was contacted by someone who found a message I had posted almost two years ago. I had already found the information I was originally looking for, but this distant cousin was able to help in another way. He was able to clear up some marriage information that I found confusing. It seems Robert G. Mullins was married to Margaret Fitzgerald twice with a marriage to Minnie Gray in between. I’m not sure I would have figured this out, but because this cousin was more closely related to the family than I was, he had the information I needed. I have been helped many times by kind and generous people who found my query on a message board and provided me with the information I was seeking – and sometimes even more. Sometimes I receive answers right away, but often I receive an answer to my query months or years after I left the original message. Message boards work!

Roos was my maiden name. The earliest confirmed person in my family was my great grandfather, Heinrich “Henry” Roos. His father was reportedly Ludwig Roos. Heinrich immigrated to the United States from Germany about 1880 and settled in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. He worked in an iron foundry and by 1900 was owner of the Henry Roos Foundry in Chicago. Henry and his wife Wilhelmina Schoendorf were born in Beilstein, Hessen-Nassau, Germany.

Heinrich Roos was born 15 May 1854 in Beilstein, Hessen-Nassau, Germany, died 15 Feb 1939 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois and was interred in the Roos family mausoleum at Oakridge-Glen Oak Cemetery in Cook County, Illinois. He married 1) 23 May 1882 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois to Wilhelmine Schoendorf, daughter of Philip Schoendorf and Henrietta Stahl. Wilhelmine was born 4 Jan 1854 in Beilstein, Hessen-Nassau, Germany, died 4 May 1918 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois and was interred in the Roos family mausoleum. He married 2) 2 Jul 1919 probably in Chicago to Alwine.

Children of Heinrich and Wilhelmine (Schoendorf) Roos:

i.            Henry W. Roos, b. 29 Apr 1883 in Chicago; d. 29 Mar 1958 in Chicago. He married 1) 27 May 1909 in Chicago to Frieda Bertha Dumkow; they had one child. He married 2) to Lucille; 3) Laura S.

ii.            Bertha Elsie Roos, b. 21 Dec 1884 in Chicago; d. 8 Mar 1969 in Chicago. She married 31 Dec 1912 in Chicago to William J. Schultz; they had one child.

iii.            Anna A. Roos, b. 17 Nov 1887 in Chicago; d. 6 Feb 1920 in Chicago. She married 12 May 1914 in Chicago to Arno Oswin Hennig.

iv.            Emma Maria Roos, b. 9 Jul 1890 in Chicago; d. Dec 1975 in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri. She married about 1922 in Chicago to C. Jackson Spaulding.

v.            Louis August Roos, b. 11 May 1892 in Chicago; d. 24 Nov 1955 in Brawley, Imperial, California. He married 1) 24 Jun 1914 in Chicago to Estelle Berg; they had two children. He married 2) 3 Aug 1935 in Chicago to Ora Madeline Crooker. He adopted Ora’s son by a previous marriage.

vi.            Dora Roos, b. 6 Apr 1894 in Chicago; d. 27 Feb 1994. She married 1) about 1920 to Dr. Maurice Spalding; 2) Edward S. Peters.

vii.            Dr. Frederick John Roos, b. 14 Sep 1897 in Chicago; d. 13 Dec 1970 in Chicago. He married Mary H.